Equipment checkout for Interactive Media as well as some Communication and Art courses is available in room 210 during open lab hours. You must be currently enrolled in a class cleared to check out equipment. We do not check out cameras or other equipment to students not in our program. All checkouts must be done in person by you. Your friends cannot bring equipment back for you. You will need to bring your student ID in order to check any equipment in or out.
Before you can check out any equipment, a blanket contract must be signed and turned in to the Service Bureau. This contract specifies (among other things) that you are financially responsible for any damage incurred while the equipment is in your possession, as well as agreeing to abide by the rules specified on this page. It covers all checkouts for the entire semester. A new contract must be signed every semester.
Equipment is usually due back 24 hours after it is checked out OR, in the case of weekends, a half-hour after opening or before closing if the 24-hour mark falls when the Service Bureau is closed. For example: a camera checked out at 9pm on Thursday is due back at 4:30pm on Friday, because the Service Bureau closes at 5pm on Friday. Some equipment (such as laptops) can only be checked out for 3 hours at a time. Make sure you’re clear on when the equipment is due back and plan accordingly.
Equipment may be renewed once by phone, IM, or in person provided you contact the service bureau before the equipment is late. If you need an extended checkout because of special circumstances, ask your instructor to clear it with the Computer Facilities Supervisor ahead of time. Equipment will only be renewed when demand is low. In other words, if we are nearly out of gear, your renewal may be denied in order to be fair to other students who need the equipment.
Late fees begin accruing fifteen minutes after your due-back time and are $5 per fifteen minutes. When you’re out shooting, make sure you allow yourself enough time to get back to the GCC on time. Fines can only be paid using your QuickCash (ID) card. Cash and other forms of payment are not accepted. Failure to pay late fees will result in a grade hold at the end of the semester and/or loss of further checkout privileges.
As per the contract that you sign at the start of the semester, you will be charged for any damage to the equipment. The office staff will inspect all equipment being returned for any damage. If anything is deemed to be caused by abuse, you will not be able to check anything else out until the issue has been cleared by the Computer Facilities Supervisor. Normal wear and tear will be taken into account, but treat the equipment with respect. It is advised that you check the equipment yourself when checking it out to avoid being charged for damage that was already there.